Take advantage of our Chinese Learning Pen launch offer!

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 10 May 2020. Posted in Front Page

Take advantage of our Chinese Learning Pen launch offer!

After brooding for a long time (much longer than originally planned and intended), the most anticipated event at MSL Master is finally happening, the launch of the Chinese Learning Pen!

Chinese Reading and Writing 1 online video lessons completed!

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 06 May 2020. Posted in Front Page

Chinese Reading and Writing 1 online video lessons completed!

Great news! Chinese Reading and Writing 1 online video lessons are completed! For people who have studied some Mandarin Chinese and are able to speak a little bit, but do not know how to read or write Chinese, these video lessons are perfect for them to take that first step in learning reading and writing Chinese, not just reading and writing characters, but text.

May Fourth Movement @100 and the rupture it created in Chinese teaching and learning

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 02 May 2020. Posted in Front Page

May Fourth Movement @100 and the rupture it created in Chinese teaching and learning

May 4th is here. It is time to commemorate the May Fourth Movement, which forever changed the terrain of teaching and learning Mandarin Chinese (putonghua). Anyone who is learning Chinese should know something about this part of Chinese history.

Announcing new video resources for practicing speaking Chinese

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 13 April 2020. Posted in Front Page

Announcing new video resources for practicing speaking Chinese

There are so many videos out there, desperately want students to learn some Chinese from them. Well, I’m no exception. I have been working on a series of video lessons trying to teach beginners how to read and write Chinese. However, at the same time, I was constantly being bugged by a negative feeling that I was talking too much on my videos.

Study online during the coronavirus pandemic

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 13 March 2020. Posted in Front Page

Study online during the coronavirus pandemic

The current coronavirus pandemic has put the entire Hong Kong Education system online, a move nobody had ever anticipated till now. An unprecedented number of students use online classrooms to learn everyday. Did it work?

Newly updated version of Mandarin Express Intro and Basic levels available

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 19 February 2020. Posted in Front Page

Newly updated version of Mandarin Express Intro and Basic levels available

There are three jobs I will never finish, washing dishes, doing laundry, and revising Chinese textbooks. And I am always glad that I did these jobs. What’s worth of mentioning today is that I just finished updating Mandarin Express Intro and Basic levels. For Chinese teachers and students who need these textbooks, you will receive the updated version 2020. 

How to say “coronavirus” in Chinese?

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 14 February 2020. Posted in Front Page

How to say “coronavirus” in Chinese?

The current coronavirus outbreak has taken its toll on us. The evening news has been talking non-stop about the death tolls, the latest border controls in various countries, the infections, the unlucky cruise ships, and many different opinions offered by many experts. We are perplexed, we are in pain, and we are in a crisis.

2020 welcomes 384 days of the year of rat

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 08 January 2020. Posted in Front Page

2020 welcomes 384 days of the year of rat

Gong xi fa cai, everyone! 

Chinese New Year is coming. Here is a little bit of cultural interest for all Chinese learners. There will be 384 days in the year of rat, starting from the first day Jan 25, 2020 and ending on Feb 11, 2021.

My character in the online video lesson

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 26 December 2019. Posted in Front Page

My character in the online video lesson

The first animated video lesson was just officially released. If you have never learned anything about reading and writing Chinese characters, you can watch this video and learn strokes and stroke orders. 

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 14 December 2019. Posted in Front Page

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

The much anticipated holiday season is finally around the corner. Visiting families and friends, travelling around the world, or staying home receiving all the guests. Holidays can be hectic. What about learning Chinese?

Breakfast, HKD36; speaking the language, priceless

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 26 November 2019. Posted in Front Page

Breakfast, HKD36; speaking the language, priceless

Sometimes I have my breakfast in a restaurant which is right next to my office building. This is a typical Hong Kong restaurant where you see locals most of the time. The menu is usually placed underneath the glass top of the table. You sit down, you read the menu, and you order your food. In this restaurant, most of the service staff look quite senior in age. And Cantonese is the default language in this restaurant.

Five signs that your Chinese teacher is not doing his/her job right

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 11 November 2019. Posted in Front Page

Five signs that your Chinese teacher is not doing his/her job right

In his Neither Here Nor There, Bill Bryson briefly talked about his French learning experience. It is very funny. Also, from my point of view, very sad. 

It usually does not work to translate from English to Chinese word by word

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 07 November 2019. Posted in Front Page

It usually does not work to translate from English to Chinese word by word

It happens that, when some students want to say something, they find that they can’t. They are trying very hard to translate everything from English to Chinese, word by word. As a result, they either get stuck, or miscommunicate themselves. I have seen it quite often during consultations or when talking to someone at a gathering.

If you memorised all the words in your textbooks, can you speak fluent Mandarin?

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 28 October 2019. Posted in Front Page

If you memorised all the words in your textbooks, can you speak fluent Mandarin?

If you have ever blamed yourself for not speaking fluent Mandarin because you just can’t seem to memorise all the new words taught in your Chinese textbooks or by your Mandarin teachers, you can relax now. 

Hello, new logo!

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 11 October 2019. Posted in Front Page

Hello, new logo!

Sharp eyed readers have noticed that a new and handsome logo have replaced the old one on MSL Master’s website. That’s right. A new logo was launched on Oct 10, 2019. Hello, new logo!

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